Morning Headlines 11/30/18

Xealth Launches Innovative Feature Allowing Doctors to Digitally Recommend OTC Products Xealth announces GA of software that enables providers to send patients digital recommendations for over-the-counter healthcare products, apps, and services from within their EHR...

News 11/30/18

Top News Unsealed court documents reveal that two Iranian hackers were responsible for SamSam ransomware attacks on 200 organizations earlier this year in the US and Canada, including Allscripts. The victims, which also included hospitals and municipalities, wound up...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 11/29/18

Recent data from Case Western Reserve University shows that hospitals meeting EHR Meaningful Use standards had average patient stays that were shorter than their non-MU-compliant counterparts. Digging deeper into the data, they looked at four years of information and...

Morning Headlines 11/29/18

Atrium Says Hackers Accessed Its Billing Records Billing services vendor AccuDoc Solutions reveals that a September breach of its database may have impacted over 2 million Atrium Health (NC)  patients.  HHS Issues Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden CMS and ONC...

Morning Headlines 11/28/18

Big Tech Expands Footprint in Health Amazon will launch a software product for payers that combs through electronic patient records to find incorrect coding or diagnoses in an effort to improve quality and lower cost. GAO to look into whether Mar-a-Lago trio...

News 11/28/18

Top News Amazon will announce this week launch of a software product for insurance companies that mines electronic patient records, including both structured and unstructured data. It will look for incorrect coding or diagnoses to improve quality and lower cost....

Saying No to the Drug Crisis

By BRIAN KLEPPER In a recent essay, VIVIO Health’s CEO Pramod John guides us through four sensible drug policy changes and supporting rationales that could make drug pricing much fairer. Reading through it, one is struck by the magnitude of the drug manufacturing...

Morning Headlines 11/27/18

Mental health therapy at Walmart? It’s now a thing Managed care company Beacon Health Options creates a new business to oversee the launch of mental health clinics in retailers like Walmart, promising virtual access to providers during peak hours. Black Book Survey of...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 11/26/18

While many people were out doing their Black Friday shopping, I was getting clobbered at urgent care. We saw over 1,000 patients across our locations, which is similar to the patient counts that we see during the height of influenza season. Many of the patients were...

Morning Headlines 11/26/18

Intelerad Medical Systems Acquires Clario Medical Intelerad acquires radiologist worklist technology vendor Clario Medical. Naval Hospital Bremerton’s new medical records system making ‘significant strides’ Fourteen months after going live on MHS Genesis, Naval...

Monday Morning Update 11/26/18

Top News RSNA 2018 kicks off in Chicago’s McCormick Place, running through Friday. A big focus of the conference is artificial intelligence and machine learning. RSNA 2017 drew nearly 53,000 registrants, half of them imaging professionals. Chicago was under a blizzard...

Health in 2 Point 00 Episode 59

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess interviews me all the way from London. In this episode, she asks me about Google, who hired Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to lead its health care initiatives, Driver, a startup which ran out of money just weeks after their launch,...

Morning Headlines 11/21/18

Apple in Talks to Give Veterans Access to Electronic Medical Records Apple and the VA discuss developing software that would enable veterans to transfer medical records to their iPhones. Jump Technologies Receives $2M in Follow-on Series B Funding, Bringing Total...

News 11/21/18

Top News The VA is talking with Apple about connecting IPhone-using veterans to their EHR information, The Wall Street Journal reports. The program was conceived by top VA officials who worked with President Trump’s so-called “Mar-a-Lago group” of campaign supporters...

Morning Headlines 11/20/18

The health care venture from Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan just hired its first female exec, and she comes from a big insurance company The ABJ health initiative hires Dana Safran (BCBS of Massachusetts) as head of measurement, leading analysts to surmise the...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 11/19/18

  Thanksgiving is upon us, a quintessential US holiday. A friend sent me some seasonally appropriate ICD codes, including the W61.43 category “Pecked by Turkey” and W60 “Contact with Sharp Leaves.” There’s also Z63.1 “Problems in Relationship with In-Laws” for those...